We're having a disussion on Outdoors.se at the moment about what to do with some tags. No one really seems to have a definitive answer.
A good example of the issue we're having are the tags abseiling and rappelling. These basically mean the same thing, using a rope to descend over an obstacle. In rock climbing the words are used interchangeably but often countries use one more than the other (US use rappelling, most European countries use abseiling).
I'm concerned that someone (for example) in the US may not know the term abseiling (especially if they are a beginner) or vice versa and this could become confusing for people looking at what to tag their questions with.
NB The words themselves come from German (Abseil) and French (Rappel) but are generally accepted adopted English words (there is no true English word for this activity).
So does anyone have any thoughts on what we should do about these tags? Seems a number of options in the system (non-of which quite fit):
- Merge them
- Leave them as two tags
To clarify, I think part of the issue is that a user has asked for them to be merged.
My understanding of them merging is that one of them then disappears and cannot be used. Doesn't this confuse users who want a rappelling tag but can't find one?
Can we have synonyms that aren't merged?
Is merging even an issue?